James Godson Bleak, 1829-1918, was born in Southwark, Surrey, England to Thomas and Mary Godson Bleak. He was a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while in England and traveled with his family to Utah in 1856 as part of the Martin Handcart Company. Before leaving to settle southern Utah, he was set apart as clerk and historian of the Southern Utah Mission, and he kept church tithing records for about twenty-five years. He and his family settled in St. George, Utah. Over the years he was very active in politics and civic affairs and was the postmaster and city recorder for St. George. He also held many jobs in the Church, such as: bishop, high councilman, stake presidency, stake patriarch, missionary to England, and was a Temple worker, chief recorder, and assistant to the Temple President in the St. George Temple for many years. He was the husband of four wives (Elizabeth, Caroline, Jane, and Matilda) and father of thirty-three children. He passed away in St. George, Utah in 1918.